The Pentagon is seeking the death penalty for the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and four accomplices . They will be tried by a military tribunal at Guantanamo.
The Pentagon reported Wednesday that the United States will seek the death penalty for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other four accused of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The five men "are accused of being responsible for the preparation and execution of the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York, Washington and Shanksville (PA), which killed 2,976 people, "the Defense Department said in a statement.
The authorities "transferred the case to a military commission for capital punishment, which means that the five defendants will be sentenced to death if they are found guilty, "the note said.
Mohammed, Walid bin Attash , Mustafa al-Hawsawi , Ramzi bin al-Shaibah and Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali will appear during the next 30 days before a military tribunal at Guantanamo to be formally charged. However, the process could take several months to begin.
President Barack Obama sought to have the accused be tried in a civilian court in New York near the area of the World Trade Center attacks. But the proposal was wrecked by the refusal of the Republicans who blocked the transfer of suspects to U.S. soil.
The military tribunals were created during the administration ofwith the argument that the militants of Al-Qaeda were a special category that could not be tried in regular civilian courts.